CHRIS PAUL, 2003: NO. 12
Like Walker, Chris Paul, an elite point guard in his own right, was also the No. 12 player in his class five years prior. Of course, looking back, that ranking is easy to nitpick, as there’s no way Paul should have been placed anywhere lower than second in that year’s class, behind just one player who we’ll get to later.
Over his two seasons at Wake Forest, Paul averaged 15.0 points, 6.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game, helping the Demon Deacons reach two NCAA Tournaments, getting as far as the Sweet 16 once. Paul was deemed a consensus All-American in his sophomore season, and the ACC Rookie of the Year in his first campaign.